METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich is being sued for an undetermined sum for breach of contract by the former co-founder of The Music Company, the ill-fated label imprint the pair formed in 1996. Tim Duffy sued Ulrich in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday, May 24th, claiming the drummer forced him from his role as the company's managing member last summer, according to Launch.Also named in the suit was lawyer King Holmes, who is being accused of legal malpractice for allegedly abandoning his role as Duffy's longtime legal consultant in order to work with Ulrich to oust Duffy from the company. Distributed and marketed by the Elektra Entertainment Group, The Music Company (TMC) at one time boasted a roster that included SYSTEMATIC, DDT, GOUDIE, and BRAND NEW IMMORTALS. At least one of the bands previously signed to the label, SYSTEMATIC, has found a new home at Elektra, who will issue the group's sophomore CD—and their first with new drummer Paul Bostaph (ex-SLAYER)—at the end of the year.
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